India trampling on Panchsheel pact, misleading public, says China

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reiterated that India had disregarded the 1890 Sino-British Treaty, which China has cited to prove the Doklam region, referred to as Donglong in China, is sovereign Chinese territory.

Written by Apurva | Beijing | Published: July 6, 2017 5:20 am
india china, indo china relations, doklam, bhutan dispute, india china dispute, india news, indian express The Chinese ministry has used photographs, maps and letters and communication between India and China in the 1950s and 1960s to underscore that Doklam belongs to China.

China Wednesday called the ongoing standoff in Sikkim “very serious” and claimed the Indian government was “misleading” the public about Chinese road construction near the Siliguri corridor in the Sikkim sector. A state-run newspaper asked China to “this time, teach India a bitter lesson”. The government has asked India to pull back troops from the region to “avoid worsening the situation”.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reiterated that India had disregarded the 1890 Sino-British Treaty, which China has cited to prove the Doklam region, referred to as Donglong in China, is sovereign Chinese territory. The Chinese ministry has used photographs, maps and letters and communication between India and China in the 1950s and 1960s to underscore that Doklam belongs to China.

“And as we all know, China, India and Myanmar in the 1950s jointly proposed five principles of peaceful coexistence (the Panchsheel Pact). However, to everyone’s surprise, the Indian side has trampled on the basic norms of international relations that were proposed by itself by illegally crossing into other’s territory,” ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said. Geng also said India’s actions had “stunned” the international community. “If the Indian side does not correct its errors in a timely manner, how will it win the trust of neighbouring countries? How will it play a greater role in international affairs?” he asked.

“In disregard of the 1890 Sino-British Treaty, the Indian side has said Doklam is located within the tri-junction of the three countries, that is misleading the public,” Geng added. While China claims the road building is on sovereign Chinese territory, Bhutan has opposed the statement and said the ownership of Doklam is yet to be decided. The Indian government, too, has contested the 1890 treaty and has claimed action to unilaterally determine tri-junction points is in violation of a 2012 India-China agreement. According to the agreement, the boundary is to be decided by consulting all the parties concerned. The Chinese foreign affairs ministry also said that it was considering options to issue advisories to citizens visiting India. “In accordance with the security condition of the relevant country, we will decide whether or not issue a travel alert,” Geng said.

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    Dasari
    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:34 am
    China talks of Panchsheel and punches it with many holes with its incursions, bullying its neighbors, occupies from small patches to large areas covering kilometers of land across the borders. It has the habit of quoting selectively past history but does not accept some of naked truths in the pacts. It occupied Aksai Chin and is constructing highway in the name of CPEC through Pakistan occupied territory belonging to India (historically too this belongs to India, which China refers always before it occupies any land!). Just taking name of South "CHINA" Sea,as its own, it claims as its own spanning over entire sea forgetting the international maritime laws and boundaries. It has unfathomable intentions to expand its borders. Probably taking history of million years or so, it can claim the entire world as belong to CHINA!!!
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      andy
      Jul 6, 2017 at 11:31 am
      China knows very well that under a second term under Modi, India will become a super power so they want to reduce us, we can expect a lot more problems in the future, we should boycott Chinese products first.
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        Ravishankar
        Jul 6, 2017 at 11:18 am
        China is a big bully. This bully is now emboldened because America is in decline! As for India, decades of misrule and large scale corruption under Congress have considerably weakened the country, especially its armed forces.
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          Adrian Akau
          Jul 6, 2017 at 11:06 am
          Chinese army has more men than Pakistan army and it would be wise to consider other options to war with China on the disputed area. General Rawat must know this.
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            Mano
            Jul 6, 2017 at 12:06 pm
            I agree. A war between india and china would a great sspectacle for the western world to watch. It would be a shame for the people in china and india. I think our leaders on both sides are not dumb people. Chinese army is aging. Soon the young volunteers from NWFP-pakistan whom come on suicide missions to kashmir, would be a stronger force that china.
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            kjingar
            Jul 6, 2017 at 10:30 am
            Panchsheel is stupid idea of Nehru, who is origin of several modern era problems like Kashmir, China, Permanent seat in UN, Pakistan and many more. So right now, Chinese aggression will answered in similar or harsher language.
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